Well, what you need is a device known as a PC TV tuner. A TV tuner is a device that enables you to connect an analog or digital TV signal to your computer. In a television set, the tuner is the part that receives signals from over-the-air broadcast or a cable connection, and interprets this signal as moving pictures and sound. The tuner sends this information to the television screen and speakers for viewers to watch. A PC TV tuner works the same way, except for the fact that information is sent to a computer monitor rather than to a television screen. Without a TV tuner, you cannot watch and record live TV in Windows Media Center.
There are also websites that allow streaming video or downloading video. Streaming refers to the normal flow of data as it travels to someone's desktop computer from a server through a network connection. When streaming video, you can choose to watch it directly from your personal computer or to hook your PC to your television screen for a wider LCD display. What you can use in order to achieve this is an MPEG decoder card. The MPEG decoder card is a hardware PCI card that is put in your computer before it is connected to your television.
Some websites may require users to download and install an application or software that will allow them to enjoy the TV. A PC satellite TV software program is one example. With this software program in hand, users are able to gain access to TV shows, movies, music videos, news, game shows, and a host of nice entertainment channels.
The benefits of streaming or downloading video is that users no longer have to step out of their homes to get to the movie house or to a rental shop. They will also be able to save some money that they will otherwise spend on gas, on cab fare, or on popcorn and soda.
So how do I watch TV on my laptop? With the use of a PC TV tuner, or by way of streaming and downloading video.
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